- Associated Press - Saturday, June 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Conservation Foundation says a suburban Chicago student will receive a scholarship to attend college.

The foundation announced the $2,000 award on Friday for Emma Buckardt of Deerfield.

Officials with the group noted her interest in conservation from an early age, including volunteering for the Lake County Forest Preserve District. She also has been an intern working on land management projects, including work on removing invasive species.

The foundation has awarded the scholarships since 2005. Roughly 60 scholarships worth about $90,000 have been distributed.

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